Karen Ensle Ed.D., RD, FADA, CFCS
Family and Community Health Sciences Educator
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
Regular physical activity is important for your overall health and well-being. Every small step makes a difference. Each day include activities that you enjoy and can easily fit into your daily routine such as walking your dog, working in your garden, or riding your bike. Try to do something every day to stay fit and healthy.
Being active for 30-60 minutes on most days can help build a healthy body so you have the strength to perform everyday activities without feeling tired. Staying fit will also help you to relax and reduce your stress, gain more energy, and improve your sleep. These benefits all add up to decreasing your risk of heart disease and other medical conditions such as colon cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.
There are two types of fitness:
Performance-related fitness is linked to athletic performance (for example: a 50-yeard dash time or the ability to maneuver around obstacles quickly) and includes speed, reaction time, and coordination.
Health-related fitnessis linked to fitness components that may lower health risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or lower back pain. Health-related physical fitness includes the following components:
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